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Wireless USB to HDMI/PC-To-TV Streaming Devices

The idea is a simple one. You want to watch video that’s playing on your computer, but you want to see it on your flatscreen TV. Instead of getting a gadget that connects an Internet connection to your TV set via wifi or Ethernet, consider one of these handy devices. Plug the USB dongle into your computer, then set the base station near your TV so that it can plug directly into the HDMI port. All three of these devices use some flavor of wireless USB to HDMI, and all three work basically the same way: plug and play. The wireless USB system sends audio over to the TV as well. The only catch? You can’t browse the web and watch video at the same time using the computer, otherwise your dozens of browser tabs will show up on your TV, too. These devices put whatever is on your computer screen onto your TV screen, so be careful.

Iogear’s version—“Wireless 1080p Computer to HDTV Kit”—requires the installation of software and drivers in order to stream your screen up to 30 feet away. It has an HDMI/VGA/DVI output and a 3.5mm audio jack for stereo sound.

Click here to read reviews of the Iogear Wireless 1080p Computer to HDTV Kit on Newegg.com

Warpia’s Wireless USB Audio and Video PC to TV/Projector Display Converter Kit does much the same thing, but touts its ability to work with projectors as well. While all these devices require “line of sight” between the USB adapter and the base station, Warpia is very up front about that necessity. It supports resolutions up to SXGA+ (1400x1050) and HD Video up to 720p. Audio can go through the HDMI output or the stereo jack. HDMI cable is included—nice touch.

Click here to read reviews of the Warpia USB Audio and Video PC to TV Converter Kit on Newegg.com

A third option—Diamond V-Stream PCTV1080H Wireless PC to TV Interface—also exists. It features a slightly more futuristic design, and the ability for three audio-video adapters to be operated simultaneously with one PC adapter.

Click here to read reviews of the Diamond V-Stream PCTV1080H Wireless PC to TV Interface at Newegg.com

  • burnley14
    I could just be an idiot, but I didn't see where to enter the contest.
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  • torque79
    boxee + NAS sounds like a really nice combination that could be set up and used by non-techies. I've never tried boxee and my hard drive capacity needs are far higher than what I could afford in a NAS so I've got an HTPC with 3 2tb hard drives in it, and I'll soon need another drive. This solution is not for a technophobe, but windows media center is hardly difficult to control with my logitech harmony remote, especially coupled with Media Browser software.
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  • shoelessinsight
    I believe that this article is missing the link to enter the contest. I see the sentence, "Click here to enter our contest to win prizes...", but there is no link.

    So many devices to stream video from the internet on one's TV, and yet I still find a home theater PC the best way to go. Who cares if Hulu is a brat about streaming to TV devices? It will still stream through a standard web browser.
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  • pacioli
    I'll enter! How?
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  • ram1009
    FYI, the WD Hub is very flaky. The forums are full of people with problems many of which are caused by firmware upgrades. How do I know? I'm one of them. It works great when it works. You need to pay attention to what's being upgraded with each firmware upgrade. If there's nothing you need then don't upgrade.
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  • superhighperf
    FYI the iogear has dropped win7 support for their wireless device. i got that from chatting with tech support.

    i have it and don't use it because they do not support in anymore :(
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  • dconnors
    Hi everyone,

    Just in case you didn't see the note I left on the bottom of the first page...

    We are still doing a contest for the Boxee Box, WDTV hub and USB-to-HDMI kit, but the link won't be live until tonight or very early tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience. -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide]
    Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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  • dconnors
    The contest link is live! Check the first page of the article for details.
    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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  • Device Unknown
    Online Survey Not Found
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  • JustPlainJef
    Yes, link is live, but it doesn't go anywhere. Survey isn't found.
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